Judge Walter Bordwell

Judge Bordwell presided over the McNamara trial. The McNamara defense thought Judge Bordwell, who also presided over the grand jury that indicted the defendants, was biased against the defense. Bordwell was a Republican member of the Los Angeles establishment and he lived in the very exclusive California Club. The defense tried unsuccessfully to get him removed as the trial judge. Courtesy of University of Southern California, on behalf of the USC Special Collections.